The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable®
and Yale Hospitality proudly present

Mediterranean Culinary Concept

October 19-20, 2022

Yale Hospitality

Join the MDR® and Yale Hospitality for a curated showcase of different concepts: pantry items, domestic and international ingredients, educational tastings and hands-on experiences.

What defines a genuine palette of flavors? How to choose the right ingredients while maintaining costs balance? Learn the secrets of the Mediterranean cuisine, and create your own blueprint for a delicious, healthy and sustainable portfolio.

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DAY 1: October 19th

Campus Life & beyond: a Yale Experience (Optional)

9:00-11:30 am Tours of:

  • Yale Hospitality Operations
  • Yale Library (With Ancient Cookbooks!)
  • Yale University Campus
  • Yale Art Gallery
  • Yale Center, 168 Grove Street, New Haven, CT

12:00 - 2:00 pm Registration

12:00 - 2:00 pm Flavor Exploration. Curated B2B meetings and Mediterranean Showcases of Stations and Retail Experiences ready to be adopted in your food service or in your store (turnkey solutions!)

B2B Opportunities


2:00 - 2:10 pm Welcome to Yale! Rafi Taherian

2:10 - 2:20 pm Cultural Inspired Approach: Rafi Taherian

2:20 - 2:30 pm Mediterranean Culinary Concepts: Daniela Puglielli

2:30 - 2:50 pm The Mediterranean Diet explained by Antonia Trichopoulou, M.D., Ph.D., President of the Hellenic Health Foundation, Professor Emeritus of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine and Full Member of The Academy of Athens

2:50 - 3:10 pm Diet, Global Health, and Climate

3:10 - 3:20 pm Break @ Elm

3:20 - 4:00 pm Panel Discussion “Make it Happen”

  • Chef - Menu Architecture
  • Marketing - Make it Sell
  • Sourcing - Build partnerships, secure products
  • Equipment - Flexibility

4:00-5:00 pm B2B Operator Connect - (4) 15-minute sessions

5:00-6:00 pm Networking, Wine & Mezze - The Well

6:00-9:00 pm Dinner - Celebration of the Olive Oil Institute at Yale Presidents Room

DAY 2: October 20th

8:00-9:00 am Not your average “Continental” Breakfast

9:00-1:30 am Interactive Culinary Concepts: Concurrent

Beverages Served

9:00-11:00 am Session 1-Pick One

  • Group (A) Pasta & Piadina (SC)
  • Group (B) Pizza & Mezze (F&M)
  • Group (C) Olive Oil Tasting & Flavor Exploration - David Neuman
  • Group (D) Honey & A World of Cheese

11:30 am -1:30 pm Session 2-Pick One

  • Group (A) Pasta & Piadina (SC)
  • Group (B) Pizza & Mezze (F&M)
  • Group (C) Olive Oil Tasting & Flavor Exploration - David Neuman
  • Group (D) Honey & A World of Cheese
  • Group (E) Charcuterie Board

1:30 pm Box Lunch to go
Load Out of Vendors on Main Floor

Hotel Description:

The Courtyard New Haven at Yale is located within walking distance to Yale University, and just three city blocks from the Schwarzman Center.  Our hotel rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, ergonomic workspaces, and plush Marriott bedding.  The Bistro, our onsite restaurant and bar serves healthy breakfast and Starbucks® coffee. We offer a 24-hour fitness center or enjoy outdoor activities in walking distance.

Hotel Address: 30 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511